Pastor's Letter - October 29, 2017

The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) was published in 1992 (the English translation in 1994), and is an excellent and From the authoritative presentation of the content of the Faith. When read along with the Bible, the CCC provides a sure guide for us. But the Bible and the CCC are big books! Wouldn't it be great if there were a shorter summary of both books? There is. And Jesus Himself provides us with the summary in today's Gospel: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and "You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” I suggest that we need the summary of the Lord AND the rich explanation of the Faith which is found by reading the Bible and the Catechism. So, read your Bible. And read the Catechism. But always refer back to the summary of our Lord to place it all in context.

This coming Wednesday, November 1, is the Solemnity of All Saints. In observance of this Holy Day of Obligation, we will celebrate All Saints with a Vigil Mass on Tuesday, October 31, at 5:15pm, and Wednesday at 8:00am and 6:30pm. The celebration of All Souls follows on Thursday, November 2. It provides us an excellent opportunity to come together to pray in a particular way for our beloved dead. Mass on All Souls will be at 8:00am, with a special Mass at 5:15pm offered especially for those from our parish who died the past year. All are invited.

As we close our public requests for support of the Diocesan Annual Appeal, I want to remind all our parishioners how important your contribution is. Though our parish target is $48,640, I have asked you to join me in reaching a $100,000 goal. Doing so not only assures we fulfill our responsibility to support the wider works of the Church, but provides much needed funds for our own parish - since every dollar over the target ($48,640) comes back to us. I've already made my contribution. If you haven’t yet, will you make yours? Thank you for your generosity!

May God bless you!

Fr. Schaller From Live and Learn and Pass It On, by H. Jackson Brown, Jr. (A compilation of wisdom from people of all ages and walks of life.)
“I’ve learned that to ignore the facts does not change the facts.” (Age 56)
“I’ve learned that you should never lend your brother your allowance.” (Age 11)
“I’ve learned that a handmade quilt gives comfort as well as warmth.” (Age 46)